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Glenkens Community & Arts Trust

Area of Operation:

Four parishes of Carsphairn, Dalry, Balmacllellan and New Galloway in Dumfries and Galloway
South West (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway)

Number of Staff:
2 f/t, 2p/t

How We Started

The Glenkens economy is heavily reliant on tourism, forestry and agriculture and has suffered from the setbacks to these sectors in recent years and the area has one of the lowest levels of pay in Scotland. These issues, added to the problems of isolation and a poor transport infrastructure are real threats to the sustainability of the area. The Trust was formed as a direct result of the Glenkens community taking part in the Community Horizons programme, an initiative led by the local authority which encouraged local people to actively identify opportunities for regeneration and to implement solutions.

What We Do

The initial focus of the Trust was to purchase the Old School in New Galloway with the intention of using it to provide high quality community and arts events for the area thereby providing a focal point for community and social activity and an opportunity to promote the attractions of the area to visitors.

Activities to date include:
• Purchase of and basic repair work to the Old School
• Work to secure the funding for the conversion of the school into a community and arts centre continues.
• Provision of a community minibus
• Production and publication of a bi-monthly community newspaper
• Design and implementation of the Jubilee walk
• Delivery of a programme of arts events, including traditional music workshops, photographic and art exhibitions, and talks by international writers.
• Supporting youth, business and mother and toddler groups set up

Our Assets

  • Old School building in New Galloway village

Contact Details

Cathy Agnew

01644 420374
cathy [at] glenkens-arts [dot] com

Tags associated with Glenkens Community & Arts Trust:
Arts/crafts, Theatres/cinemas, Transport

Last Updated: Thu, 25/03/2010 - 14:19